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Pussy willow necklace

This week's inspiration image was taken in April 2020, at the start of the first covid lockdown. We were exploring our local area, as we couldn't do our usual walks. I spent a lot of the walks photographing random things and looking at turning the mundane into something beautiful.



I had no real idea what I was going to do with this photo. In the end I decided to just make the catkins and see what occurred to me. I needle felted the insides, and found some stiff cotton and tiny gold beads for the covering hairs.



I stitched the beads on, leaving loops between stitches so they stood out from the base. I realised quite quickly that I needed to make a stitch though the main body before adding a new bead, or the threads just pulled flat to the base.



As I worked I got the idea to make a necklace, using hand spun and double chain plied wool to make the chain. The dark brown fibre I used replicates a tree branch nicely, especially with the lumps and bumps I managed to spin in.



I'm reasonably happy with my final piece. It was a good learning curve. The only issue is both my husband and my son pointed out it looks like a pair of testicles hanging around my neck, and now I can't see anything else! 🤣🤣🤣


Next week's image is below


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